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[Costco] Costco - Blendtec Total Blender $449.99 & Vitamix Total Nutrition Centre ($499.99)

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[Costco] Costco - Blendtec Total Blender $449.99 & Vitamix Total Nutrition Centre ($499.99)

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Blendtec® Total Blender $449.99Delivered

Vitamix Total Nutrition Centre $499.99 & $449.99 Delivered

This is as good a time as any to buy whichever you may fancy.......
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I really want a good blender that does a reliable, complete job every time...

On average, I probably make a smoothie every other day at best. Would a high end blender like these be overkill?
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The warranty on a Vitamix is 7 years... and it likely will last a lot longer than that (the last blender you will ever need to buy?). It also will do the best job of any blender you could possibly have... so.... consider it an investment if you use a blender frequently.

Blending ice and other such things will kill regular consumer blenders.
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I own the Vitamix. It is overkill, but it will blend anything you want no problem.
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Suede wrote:
Nov 20th, 2012 5:13 pm
I own the Vitamix. It is overkill, but it will blend anything you want no problem.
It's it louder or quieter than your typical household blender?
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The Blendtec also has a 7 year warranty. I'd say they're both louder than your typical blender, but they finish the job MUCH quicker, and therefore you won't have that noise for anywhere near as long. I did a TON of research on both brands before deciding on the Blendtec.
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Does the vitamix go on sale? The links look like regular price to me.
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Vitamix 1230 owner here. I pieced together my complete station from separate authentic components I bought on Kijiji, eBay, and an authorized retailer in Mississauga for a little under $300.
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Nov 20th, 2012 3:26 pm
On average, I probably make a smoothie every other day at best. Would a high end blender like these be overkill?
If you want to crush ice and have the appliance last an eternity, get one of these premium blenders.

I make fresh and frozen fruit (with protein and nuts) smoothies (sometimes with ice, sometimes without) every single day. Yup, I use my machine as an overpowered smoothie station when it's capable of so much more, like making dough, heating soups, becoming a flour mill, preparing ice cream, etc.
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It's it louder or quieter than your typical household blender?
I own(ed) three blenders simultaneously (prior to recently getting rid of one) and it was easily my loudest one. It has that unmistakable jet engine loudness to it, recognizable every time you walk by a Booster Juice and two or three of these babies are spinning at any given time.
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If you don't want to spend the money have a look at the Ninja (Canadian tire carries them). They're a fraction of the price and Consumer Reports rated them just under the Vitamix. I'm sure they won't last as long but if you're not blending as often a Vitamix is overkill. I bought the "middle" Ninja and it works fantastic, I blend frozen fruit and it annihilates it. When mine dies I may step up to a Vitamix but so far it's been great.
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I always hear great things about Ninja blenders and the reviews are pretty impressive given its price point. I own a completely different Ninja product (the 3-in-1 Cooking System), and if I didn't already own a Vitamix, I wouldn't turn down a Ninja blender.
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Additionally folks, if you want to crush or puree ice, make sure you get a minimum of 500 Watt. The Oster Blender at Costco is 600 Watts. Great reviews.
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Nov 20th, 2012 5:31 pm
I always hear great things about Ninja blenders and the reviews are pretty impressive given its price point. I own a completely different Ninja product (the 3-in-1 Cooking System), and if I didn't already own a Vitamix, I wouldn't turn down a Ninja blender.
The Ninja reviews seem to indicate it's blade structure doesn't result in "smooth" smoothies, etc. It leaves things... gritty? If a key use is smoothies, and you want them "smooth"... that would be a key factor.
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Let's just be simple and clear here.... for home use, or non-daily / heavy duty use... $400+ blenders are overkill! However, if you want the "best" blender, don't want to ever have to worry about buying another blender again, and want it to have the best performance - consistently - then get a professional quality blender and enjoy it. Vitamix are what is used in most professional settings (juice bars, Starbucks, etc)... those blenders get used constantly, day after day after day... they are tanks.

You need to decide if you want the luxury blender - with the perks it brings - or if you want to find a good blender that may have some issues and may die with heavy usage, etc.
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Tiberius agreed with your logic. Most folks do not use them like juicebars, making drinks by the dozens per day. A $50 blender for occasional use is just fine. Hey if you got the Moolah and want the best, then go for whatever tickles your fancy.
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